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Health Department

Perceptions of Digital Signage among Health Department Clients

Traditionally, education interventions have been delivered by healthcare personnel. In the Montana Radon Study, digital signage technology (DST) is being evaluated for its effectiveness in delivering health information while clients wait for their appointment. The objective is to make better use of the client’s time in the waiting room and un-burden the client-provider relationship. The purpose of this nested, cross-sectional study was to measure the attitudes and perceptions of waiting room clients to the DST.

Local Health Departments and Specific Maternal and Child Health Expenditures: Relationships Between Spending and Need

Objective: As a part of the Public Health Activities and Service Tracking study and in collaboration with partners in 2 Public Health Practice–Based Research Network states, we examined relationships between local health department (LHD) maternal and child health (MCH) expenditures and local needs.

Design: We used a multivariate pooled time-series design to estimate ecologic associations between expenditures in 3 MCH-specific service areas and related measures of need from 2005 to 2010 while controlling for other factors.

Targeted Health Department Expenditures Benefit Birth Outcomes at the County Level


Public health leaders lack evidence for making decisions about the optimal allocation of resources across local health department (LHD) services, even as limited funding has forced cuts to public health services while local needs grow. A lack of data has also limited examination of the outcomes of targeted LHD investments in specific service areas.

The Importance of Partnerships in Local Health Department Practice among Communities with Exceptional Maternal and Child Health Outcomes

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to identify unique practices underway in communities that have been empirically identified as having achieved exceptional maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes compared with their peers.

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